Citing Space Constraints, Obama Campaign Kicks Off the Plane Reporters from Newspapers Whose Coverage it Doesn't Like

The Obama campaign has told three reporters they have to drop off the campaign plane this weekend. All three work for papers that endorsed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.: the New York Post, the Washington Times, and the Dallas Morning News.

"Unfortunately, demand for seats on the plane during this final weekend has far exceeded supply," Obama campaign spox Anita Dunn said, "and because of logistical issues we made the decision not to add a second plane. This means we've had to make hard and unpleasant for all concerned decisions about limiting some news organizations and in some cases not being in a position to offer space to news organizations altogether."

The New York Post has the sixth largest circulation of any American newspaper, with almost 700,000 print readers a day.

The Washington Times website is one of the top 20 news websites in the country, and its largest readership resides in the battleground state of Virginia.

But the Obama campaign is not a fan of the coverage afforded it by the New York Post or the Washington Times.

Officials of the campaign insist that that has nothing to do with the decision. The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times wanted to have more reporters on board, they say.

Fox News and the Wall Street Journal still have folks on the plane, it has been pointed out.

One of the reasons there are fewer seats on "O Force One," of course, is because months ago they ripped out coach seats for the staffers up front replacing them with First Class barcalounger-esque accommodations.

-- jpt

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